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The techno-human condition

Author: Braden R Allenby; Daniel R Sarewitz
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this latest version of humanity, we are equipped with a fully re-engineered immune system; the latest set of cultural assumptions about gender, ethnicity, and sexuality; and a suite of customized enhancements, including artificial joints, neurochemical mood modulators, and performance-boosting hormones. In The Techno-Human Condition, Braden Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz explore what it means to be human in an era
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Braden R Allenby; Daniel R Sarewitz
ISBN: 9780262015691 0262015692
OCLC Number: 665130112
Description: xi, 222 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Prologue: what a long, transhuman trip it has already been --
In the cause-and-effect zone --
Level I and II technology : effectiveness, progress, and complexity --
Level III technology : radical contingency in earth systems --
Individuality and incomprehensibility --
Complexity, coherence, contingency --
Killer apps --
In front of our nose.
Responsibility: Braden R. Allenby, Daniel Sarewitz.

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A provocative analysis of what it means to be human in an era of incomprehensible technological complexity and change.  Read more...

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"[A] valuable book" -- Andrew C. Revkin, Dot Earth- A New York Times blog " The Techno-Human Condition will infuriate some, be dismissed out-of-hand by a few, but will unsettle almost all readers. Read more...

 
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schema:description"Humans have been co-evolving with their technologies since the dawn of prehistory, when tool making and meat eating co-evolved with brain development and social complexity. What is different now is that we have moved beyond external technological interventions to transform ourselves from the inside out--even as we also remake the Earth system itself. Coping with this new reality, say Allenby and Sarewitz, means liberating ourselves from such categories as "human," "technological," and "natural" to embrace a new techno-human relationship. Describing the- terms of this relationship, and exploring sociotechnical systems ranging from railroads to modern military technology, Allenby and Sarewitz ultimately locate individual authenticity in the quest for a new humility in the face of the rapidly disappearing moorings of the Enlightenment."--pub. desc."@en
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